Yang Mi

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Yang Mi
Chinese name 楊冪 (traditional)
Chinese name 杨幂 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáng Mì (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Mik6 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Origin Beijing, China
Born (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 30)
Beijing, China
Nationality People's Republic Of China
Other name(s) Mimi Yang
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) Meh Ah Entertainment (2010-2012)
H&R Century (2013-2014)
Jay Walk Studio (Present)
Years active 1991–present (actress)
2011–present (singer)
Spouse(s) Hawick Lau (m. 2014)
Children 1
Ancestry China
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy

Yang Mi (born 12 September 1986) is a Chinese actress and singer. She made her acting debut in historical television series Tang Ming Huang, and later received recognition for her leading roles in various television series Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Palace (2011), Swords of Legends (2014), The Interpreter (2016) and Eternal Love (2017); as well as films Mysterious Island (2011), Tiny Times (2013–2015), The Breakup Guru (2014) and The Witness (2015). In 2017, she won the Best Actress award at the WorldFest Houston International Festival for her performance in Reset (2017). Yang was chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the New Four Dan Actresses.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yang Mi was born in Xuanwu District, Beijing to a police officer and a housewife. She was given name "幂" (exponentiation) because her parents both have the surname Yang. She graduated from the now-defunct Beijing Xuanwu Experimental Primary School. Yang is also a student of Beijing Film Academy's Performance Institute.



In 1990, at the age of four, Yang made her acting debut in the historical television series Tang Ming Huang directed by Chen Jialin, playing the role of young Princess Xianning.[2] She also had a minor role as Beggar So's daughter in King of Beggars (1992), which starred Stephen Chow as the titular character. Two years later, she starred in the television series Hou Wa, where her acting left a deep impression on the producer.[3]

In 2002, Yang received her first script and made her official acting debut in The Story of a Noble Family.[4]

2006–2010: Rising popularity[edit]

In the late 2000s, Yang started to gain media attention with her roles in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Wang Zhao Jun (2007).[5][6] Her popularity further rose after starring in the hit xianxia drama Chinese Paladin 3 (2009) as the female heroine.[7]

She then starred in Li Shaohong's The Dream of Red Mansions (2010). Although her role was minor, she received praises for her acting.[8] The same year, she starred in big-budget historical series Beauty's Rival in Palace.

2011–2016: Mainstream success[edit]

Yang achieved widespread fame with the time-travel hit, Palace (2011).[9][10] She was voted the Most Popular Actress at the 17th Shanghai Television Festival.[11] The theme song of the drama sung by Yang, titled "In support of the love", also topped China music portals and won Best Theme Song at the 6th Huading Awards.[12] The same year she starred in horror film Mysterious Island, which raked in more than 70 million yuan at the box office and became the most successful horror film in China.[13][9]

Mei Ah Entertainment announced that it will be producing four tailored-made films (Wu Dang, Chinese Princess Turandot, Windseeker, and Butterfly Cemetery) for Yang with a total investment of 300 million yuan for the four films due to the box office success of Mysterious Island.[14] However, the films failed to live up to the success of Mysterious Island, and Yang was named Most Disappointed Actress at the Golden Broom Awards for her performance in Wu Dang.[15]

Yang then starred in Beijing Love Story (2012), a modern romance drama directed by Chen Sicheng. The series was a hit, and Yang was once again voted the Most Popular Actress at the 9th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival.[16] The same year she co-starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, a sequel to Gordon Chan's 2008 box office hit Painted Skin.[17]

Yang was then announced to play the leading protagonist in the Tiny Times film series, based on Guo Jingming's best-selling novel of the same name.[18] The first two installments of the film were released in 2013. Despite receiving negative films, Tiny Times was an overwhelming success at the box office.[19] The same year, Yang produced her first television series, The Micro Era of Love (2014).[20] She won the Most Capable Producer award at the 2013 Asian Idol Awards.[21]

In 2014, Yang starred in the comedy film The Breakup Guru directed by Deng Chao.[22] She then starred in xianxia drama Swords of Legends, which was a huge commercial success.[23][24] With her achievements in both TV and films, Yang ranked #6 on Forbes China Celebrity 100 for the year.[25]

In 2015, Yang starred in romance films Cities in Love, You Are My Sunshine (based on the popular novel Silent Separation written by Gu Man) and Fall in Love Like a Star.[26] She also challenged the role of a blind girl in The Witness, a remake of the South Korean thriller Blind.[27]

Yang made her small-screen comeback in the television series The Interpreter, which premiered on Hunan TV. The series was a huge ratings success,[28] and subsequently became the highest-rated drama of 2016.[29] She also featured in L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, directed by Tiny Times director Guo Jingming.[30] The same year, Yang became a cast member of Hunan TV's reality show, Takes a Real Man 2.[31]

2017–present: Critical acclaim[edit]

In 2017, Yang starred in Eternal Love, adapted from the xianxia novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms by TangQi GongZi.[32] The fantasy-romance drama was a massive hit both locally and internationally,[33] and Yang received acclaim for her acting performance in the drama.[34][35] She then starred in Reset produced by Jackie Chan,[36] which led to her win for Best Actress at the 50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.[37][38] Yang will next star in wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades 2 alongside Chang Chen.[39]

Other activities[edit]

Since 2014, Yang Mi has established her own agency, Jay Walk Studio in collaboration with H&R Century Pictures. Some young talents she manage are Dilraba Dilmurat, Leon Zhang, Li Xi Rui, Liu Rui Lin, Vengo Gao and Vin Zhang, who has appeared with her in the television series The Microera of Love, Swords of Legends, The Interpreter, and Eternal Love.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

In early 2012, Yang Mi revealed her relationship with an Hong Kong actor-singer Hawick Lau through her Weibo. Then on November 11, 2013 she announced their engagement. Yang Mi and Hawick Lau were married in Bali, Indonesia on January 8, 2014.[42] Their wedding was attended by Tiffany Tang, Yang's close friend in the entertainment industry and her co-star in Chinese Paladin 3 (2009).

On June 1, 2014, she gave birth to their daughter by cesarean section, Noemie Lau nicknamed Little Sticky Rice (小糯米) at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Hong Kong.[43]



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1992 King of Beggars 武状元苏乞儿 Beggar So's daughter
1993 Heroes' Calamities 英雄劫 Mr Su's daughter
1997 Singer 歌手 Xiaoxia's cousin
2005 Beijing Fairytale 北京童话 Zhu Zhu TV movie
2007 The Door Wenxin
2011 Mysterious Island 孤岛惊魂 Shen Yilin
East Meets West 2011 东成西就2011 Yang Mi Cameo
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 Chen Sisi
Perfect Two 新天生一对 Fang Jiawei
Love in the Buff 春娇与志明 Shang Youyou
On My Way 跑出一片天 Xie Zi Cameo
Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮II Que'er
Wu Dang 大武当之天地密码 Tianxin
The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子弹 Xiao Yunque
Holding Love Hold住愛 Zhou Jing
All for Love 三个未婚妈妈 Xiao Ma Cameo
2013 Tiny Times 小时代 Lin Xiao
Tiny Times 2 小时代:青木时代 Lin Xiao
Saving Mother Robot 玛德2号 Primary School Teacher
2014 Snow Blossom 大寒桃花开 Taohua Kai
The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Ye Xiaochun
Tiny Times 3 小时代:刺金时代 Lin Xiao
2015 You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 Zhao Mosheng
Tiny Times 4 小时代4:灵魂尽头 Lin Xiao
Cities in Love 恋爱中的城市 Zi Tong
The Witness 我是证人 Lu Xiaoxing
Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动 Tian Xin
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Shen Yin
2017 Reset 逆时营救 Xia Tian
Brotherhood of Blades 2 绣春刀·修罗战场 Bei Ji


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1993 Tang Ming Huang 唐明皇 young Princess Xianyi
Hou Wa 猴娃 Nannan
2004 The Story of a Noble Family 红粉世家 Li Xiaotao
Shuang Xiang Pao 双响炮 daughter in-law
2005 Days and a Bureau 天和局 Zhu Yuqiu
Strange Tales of Liaozhai 聊斋 Nie Xiaoqian
2006 The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Guo Xiang
2007 Wang Zhaojun 王昭君 Wang Zhaojun
Beautiful Life 笑着活下去 Cheng Xiaonuo
2008 The Prince's Education 上书房 Dun'er
2009 Dark Fragrance 暗香 Miss Xiaojin
Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传3 Tang Xuejian / Xiyao
2010 Detective Di Renjie – Prequel 神探狄仁杰前传 Ling Long
Beauty's Rival in Palace 美人心計 Mo Xueyan
The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Qing Wen
Unreasonable Bride 刁蛮新娘 Yan Xiaoman
2011 The Legend of the Twelve Chinese Zodiacs 十二生肖传奇 Qing Li
We Are a Family 我们是一家人 Xia Jiajia
Palace Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying
Painted Skin 画皮 Xiao Hong
Hong Wu Da An 洪武大案 Cai Jue
The Four Brothers of Peking 新京城四少 Yin Baixue
Expressway of First Empire 大秦直道 Princess Ling
Symphony of Fate 命运交响曲 Hao Anqi
Beauty World 唐宫美人天下 Qingluan
2012 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Yang Zixi
Palace II 宫锁珠帘 Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying Cameo
Ru Yi 如意 Ru Yi
Legend of the Military Seal 虎符传奇 Concubine Ru
2013 A Clear Midsummer Night 盛夏晚晴天 Xia Wanqing
2014 The Four Scholars in Jianghan 江南四大才子 Madame Tang Cameo
Swords of Legends 古剑奇谭 Feng Qingxue
V Love 微时代之恋 Luo Yi Also producer
2016 The Interpreter 亲爱的翻译官 Qiao Fei
2017 Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian / Su Su / Si Yin
The Negotiator 谈判官 Tong Wei
2018 Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后 Meng Fuyao
Once a Youth 曾少年 Xie Qiao



  • 2012: Close to Me


Year Title Chinese Title Album Notes
2009 "Shu Li Moon" 琉璃月 The World (天下贰) theme song
2011 "In Support of the Love" 爱的供养 The Palace OST
"Bright Moon" 明月
2012 "Love Love" 爱情爱情 Beijing Love Story OST
"Don't Bear To" 有点舍不得 Ru Yi OST
"On My Way" 跑出一片天 On My Way OST
"Love Map" 爱情地图 Wu Dang OST
2013 "What If Love Grows Old" 如果爱老了 A Clear Midsummer Night OST
"Must Be Happy" 一定要幸福
2014 "Her and Him" 她他 The Micro Era of Love OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 24th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Wang Zhaojun Nominated
2011 6th Huading Awards Best Actress (Legend) Palace Nominated
17th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated
Most Popular Actress Won [11]
2012 12th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Mysterious Island Nominated
26th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Beijing Love Story Nominated
Most Popular Actress Won [16]
8th Huading Awards Best Actress Ru Yi Nominated [44]
Best Actress (Legend) Beauty World Nominated
4th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress Holding Love, Wu Dang Won
2013 13th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Love in the Buff Nominated
2014 17th Huading Awards Best Actress Swords of Legends Nominated
6th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress Tiny Times 3, The Breakup Guru Won
2015 15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Tiny Times 3 Nominated
7th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress You Are My Sunshine, Tiny Times 4 Won [15]
2017 50th World-Fest Houston International Film Festival Best Actress Reset Won [37]
Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Movie Actress Won [45]


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